Being a huge fan of both the Museum of Modern Art in New YorK (MoMA) and the Fondation Louis Vuitton I was very much exited when they announced their collaboration. The exhibition, called: ‘Being Modern: MoMA in Paris’ is the first to bring an overview of the museum’s impressive collection to France.
Immediately Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton seems to be the perfect location to showcase the 200 pieces chosen to represent the MoMA’s wide range of artworks. The beautifully open and light spaces allow for a total focus on the elaborate collection, covering several stories of the foundation.
The exhibition is split up in three main sections, opening with the museums first decade. Here the iconic works of Edward Hopper, Paul Cézanne and Constantin Brancusi are paired with more unconventional works as Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie and machine-made industrial objects.
After that the collection of Minimalism and Pop art is strongly represented by great names such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Bruce Nauman with works in photography, architecture, sculpture and painting.
The last section focusses on newer international contemporary works from among others Lele Saveri, Shigetaka Kurita and Janet Cardiff, who’s musical installation was without doubt one of my favorite pieces of the exhibit and an absolute must-see.
Overal the exhibition gave a stunning overview of the MoMA’s collection so far, showing both iconic and le famous works to create an elaborate vision of not only the museum’s pieces but also their rich history and approach to modern art. On show until March 5th 2018.
Elias L. Doelman